As we know, music artist extraordinaire Em is his stage name. His real name is Marshall Mathers III. He started recording songs with lyrics that discussed his life experiences at an early age. Before he was famous, however, he didn’t have too many successes.
He struggled to find success as a musician until he met Dr. Andy Cohen in 1995. Since then, he has become one of the most well-known artists in the world!
Many people may not realize it, but his successful career did not start when he became popular. It took him several years to get where he is now! During those years, he worked hard to hone his craft and learned how to connect with other people through his music.
In this article you will learn some interesting things about Eminem’s musical journey and how old he was when he first got famous. You will also discover what are his youngest and oldest album releases, and how long he spent developing his talent as a songwriter.
Em’s second studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was released in September 2013. It is his ninth solo album and his thirteenth overall release. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart making him only the third artist to do so with their first entry as a lead singer of a major recording group (The Beatles being the other).
He also became the fastest rapper to achieve this feat having done it within nine months of releasing his debut effort!
What made people gravitate towards Em again? Many believe that he lost his luster after the peak success of 2001’s The Slim Shady Album. Some even refer to his early work like 1998′s Infinite as his “classic era" albums.
However, many still hold some of his older material including songs such As Cruel as his best works because they say there are no filler tracks or empty space on an album. These critics feel his more recent music sounds too clean and polished which leaves a hollow feeling.
Em’s third studio album is by no means his first, but it is his most well-known work. After leaving The Firm in 2000, he took several years off before returning with The Marshall Mathers LP. This was not only his debut as an independent artist, but also his breakout success!
The album featured songs like “Just What I needed,” “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” and my personal favorite, “My Way.” All three of these songs address weight loss and self-love, making for an inspiring listen.
Eminem made his name known for being candid about his life experiences, so it makes sense that he would include references to this in his music. His lyrics always make you feel good or at least understand yourself better, which is what artists strive for.
Em’s fourth studio effort, The Eminem Show, was released in 2002. It is arguably his best work to date!
The song “Clean Up Your Own Mess” became an anthem for people who need help cleaning up their lives after listening to it. Many of you may have already listened to this song and heard the lyrics, “I would give my right leg to be able to say I was told by myself that I wasn’t good enough, but now I can.”
This lyric struck a chord with many people because they too felt like they were never good enough.
Eminem isn’t just referring to himself here, he is talking about all us average Joes out there trying our hardest to make life better for ourselves while also feeling like we are not worthy.
He makes us feel less than him, which is what really sets this song apart. This song reminds us that we are worthier than anyone else ever will be and that is what truly makes us happy.
Em’s fifth studio effort was released in September 2002, just over two years after his last album. Titled The Greatest Songwriter of All Time!, this album would go down as one of his most well-known albums.
The first track is “Just What I Needed”, which was written by Eric Bass. According to Bass, he wrote the song for his then-girlfriend.
She told him she needed something that made her feel good about herself, so he composed the lyrics telling her how beautiful she was and what she meant to him before asking if she wanted to know why he had come to visit.
After confirming yes, he revealed that she was the reason he could create music and that it gave him joy. At that moment, she broke up with him!
He included this story when explaining the songs title. Although the song is not explicitly about breakups, there are some similarities between the listener and the other person being put into question while listening to the song and understanding what they mean to you.
This theme of questioning someone’s loyalty to you and having them prove their worth can be related directly to a breakup or even general misunderstanding.
Em’s sixth studio effort, The Eminem Show, was released in 2002 just over one year after his fifth studio album, Infinite (2001). That means he spent almost exactly half of his career as an artist under the age of five-and-a-half years making six albums!
The Eminem show is arguably his best work, so it's no wonder that it quickly became popular. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which denotes sold more than 1 million copies.
He also won three Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song ("So Afraid"), and Best Music Video ("Clean") during the time of its release. His success didn't slow down any either; he earned eight Guinness World Records for songs such as "My Way" or “Just Lose It.
Em’s seventh studio album is titled No More Mr. Nice Guy. The album is about his strained relationship with his wife, Kim Kardashian, and their daughter, Ensley. It also addresses his struggles as a father in the wake of North’s pregnancy announcement earlier this year.
The song “Killbox Mode” features rapping from Nas and production by Metro Boomin. In it, Em spits how he would rather be dead than live without Kanye or Drake. The lyrics refer to both rappers as devils who betrayed him and hurt him for no reason.
He calls them both cowards and claims they wanted to die before making his move. However, he says he wouldn’t let them because he didn’t want to be alone and he hoped they’d change their minds.
Eight is Eminem’s eighth studio album, it was released in October 2002. It is his second highest selling album behind The Marshall Mathers LP which sold over 5 million copies. You can tell that he has made an incredible amount of money off this album as it boasts eight number one songs and five top ten singles.
The first single “Cleanin’ Out My Room” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent three weeks there. This song features fellow rapper Dr. Dre and music producer El-P. The next two singles are both collaborations with singer/songwriter Kimberly Williams “Tears On A Disc (I Wish I Could)” and "Just Lose That Girl". Both of these tracks reached the top five on the Billboard charts.
His other big hit is “Climb Up The Ladder", featuring American recording artist Alicia Keys. This track peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and stayed in the top twenty for eleven weeks. It also won Best Rap Song at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
As we mentioned earlier, Eminem made his recording debut with The Slim Shady LP in March of 2001 at age 24. Since then he has gone on to have nine full-length albums and many more singles and music videos. His first major hit was probably “Clean” which came out in early 2002 when he was 25 years old.
He would later take breaks from music to focus on other things like having children but he always returned as an artist. Even though he is now older, he still consistently puts out quality material that people enjoy listening to.
His songs often explore issues such as addiction, relationships, self-reflection, and life in general. Many consider him to be one of if not the greatest rappers of all time so it makes sense that he became famous at a very young age.